I remember trying to come up with clever away messages so I could write on my livejournal, I'm old and a nerd.
My go to chat app was ICQ back in the day. Ohh, it's been too long.
I was into IRC: had a nice channel, did radiobroadcasts (streaming in 1999!!) from my old crappy excuse for a computer and it was the source for my first contacts to go to the USA for the second time in my life. Aaaah, it also didn't use that much RAM. I still go on IRC once in a while, to check out the Linux channels or just for the hell of it. :-)
I have never used AIM, since I didn't have or want anything AOL. And ICQ, well, when that got out, the magazines mentioned that the developers were actually Israeli defense contractors, so that was a no-no for me.
Never knew that about ICQ. MSN Messenger was the primary form of contact between me and my now ex-wife when we first started to talk in the early 2000s.
My first PC was a DX2-66, 4Mb of Ram and (I believe) a 40Mb hard drive. It was the computer I used to install Linux for the first time. Mandrake Linux was the first distro I experimented with.
My first pc was not really a pc in the sense we see it now. It was an Atari 800 XL, a secondhand from family. Including taperecorder for data, hahaha. After that it was a borrowed computer, same specs like yours. And then: years on other people's machines. Until they got sick of me, handed me spare parts and instructions in the likes of "I'll hear it if it burns down". My first Linux was also on someone else's machine, Red Hat. My very own first distro was a 5 cd pack with book of SuSe. But with the coming of Fedora I was convinced of the possibilities plus it installed a bit more adjusted to my knowledge of computers at that time (not too trustworthy). Good times. :-)
I forgot about MSN. Yeah, I have used that on Linux (with Pidgin). And only because most people were using that. ;-)
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The first PC I ever had was a used Tandy 2000 that my father purchased for us when we were around 12 or so. It was a slow machine that had a hard time handling even such games as the first War Craft by Blizzard. Oh, those were the days!
My first computer was the Apple Macintosh Performa 550, 5mb ram and 160mb hd. Number munchers!
Despite what everyone else and their neighbour say about the seventies and eighties, that was a great time to grow up and experience the upcoming of technology what is so huge right now. :-) Kind of witnessing a slow but steady revolution. And it has not stopped, either. :-)
When I was at school I learned on a Commodore PET. My first little computer was a ZX Spectrum and we used a BBC Micro when I was doing my apprenticeship. Loading from a cassette player was fun times. I had the programmable joystick add-on for the Spectrum for games like Jetset Willy, Manic Miner, Hunchback and Chuckie Egg. Things have definitely moved on since them days.
I would have to agree with you!
It was an amazing time to grow up because we as kids truly had the opportunity to experience both sides of the fence, or in other words analog vs digital! Kids these days are practically born into tablets, smart phones and screens everywhere, there is just so much that pulls for your attention and so little you can do to get away from it. I can't imagine how brutal high school must be now, with all the drama being practically feed right into social media.
Hey, I had a t2k! Years after a TRS-80 Color Computer, but still, it was the bee’s knees. Of course, it had been designed in between the IBM AT and XT, so it was technically before the notion of PC compatibility, but you love for the faults, right? An 80186 with a standard 80286 math coprocessor, 720K DSDD floppies, woefully non-standard graphics… That was the life. Ah, yesteryear...
Reminds me, toward the end of the Reagan years, I finally got Windows 2.1.1 running on it. That was before Apple won their infringement suit against Microsoft, so superficially it was very Mac-like, before Microsoft made everything cockeyed relative to the Mac. Only then did I finally get my hands on a Fat Mac with a hard drive. Ah, memory lane.
The ram in the t2k was a whole 2mb. Man oh man and that 58mb drive, oh the possibilities!